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Is leagile still relevant? A review and research opportunities

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posted on 27.03.2020 by Ran Bhamra, Alka Nand, Lili Yang, Paula Albregard, Glaucia Azevedo, Daniella Corriaini, Maria Emiliasiq
Leagile is an approach to managing production and supply chain excellence that is a hybrid of conventional Lean and Agile thinking and methods. This paper reviews the extant literature relating to Leagile and in the process identifies important opportunities for advancing research. Although several review works exist for lean operations (e.g. Jasti & Kodali, 2015), this paper seeks to be the first to specifically review Leagile research. Following review of recent, literature reviews (Ho et al, 2015; Jasti & Kodali, 2015), a seven-step process was developed to undertake this research. A total of 225 articles were reviewed, resulting in 53 articles where Leagile was a central theme. Findings include and reveal that Leagile is recognised as important for business excellence (Aykuz, 2014) but under-investigated; papers in high quality publications have declined to date; 73% of research articles used qualitative research methods. Research that involves practical studies comparing the paradigms lean, agile and leagile, tends to better understand the difficulties and better implementation practices of the theme. The service, SME and health sectors are particularly fitting for further work given their competitive, progressive and relatively unexplored nature.

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Total Quality Management and Business Excellence

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Total Quality Management and Business Excellence on 20 April 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14783363.2020.1750360.

Acceptance date

17/03/2020

Publication date

2020-04-20

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1478-3363

eISSN

1478-3371

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Ran Bhamra. Deposit date: 26 March 2020

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